Compunction meaning

kəm-pŭngkshən
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The definition of compunction is a strong feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt.

An example of compunction is the feeling a teenager gets when returning to their house after sneaking out and realizing their mom is awake.

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A sting of conscience or a pang of doubt aroused by wrongdoing or the prospect of wrongdoing.
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A sharp feeling of uneasiness brought on by a sense of guilt; remorse.
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A pricking of conscience or a feeling of regret, especially one which is slight or fleeting.
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A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt.

Stole the money without compunction.

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A feeling of slight regret for something done.
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Origin of compunction

  • Middle English compunccioun from Old French componction from Late Latin compūnctiō compūnctiōn- puncture, sting of conscience from Latin compūnctus past participle of compungere to sting com- intensive pref. com– pungere to prick peuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin, compunctionem (“a pricking”), from Latin compunctus, the past participle of compungere (“to severely prick”), from com- + pungere (“to prick”).

    From Wiktionary